Find out how you can avoid this painful condition.
If the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the phrase “kidney stones” is “ouch!” you’re right. This painful condition develops when your urine is no longer able to hold dissolved calcium or uric acid salts because their concentrations are too high. These salts build up and form crystals which can develop into stones. The more diluted your urine is, the less likely it is that you’ll have kidney stones develop. According to the National Kidney Foundation, kidney stones are on the rise in America. Read on to learn how to prevent kidney stones from forming and how to reduce the chances of them coming back.
Get to a Healthy Weight
Some research suggests there’s a higher prevalence of kidney stones in people with diabetes and among obese people. This may be due to insulin resistance reducing urinary citrate excretion and increasing calcium excretion, which aids in the formation kidney stones. A greater body mass index is associated with increases in urinary oxalate excretion, which can lead to the formation of calcium oxalate stones. If you needed one more reason to get to a healthy BMI, this might be it.